Comparison Between Chinese Address Terms and English Address Terms

Chunling GENG


Addressing plays a prominent role in daily communication, it is closely related to culture. This paper reveals the different hidden cultural connotations between China and Western countries by analyzing three aspects of addressing, thus making cross cultural communication running smoothly.


Addressing forms; Reflect; Cultural connotation

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